Special Projects are community outreach efforts that are initiated by BBQ guild members. These are small projects that you can complete at home (often using only a small amount of fabric) and share your sewing skills with those in need. Your generosity is truly appreciated!
Please do NOT use fabric softener when you pre-wash your fabrics as many people have fragrance sensitivities.
*** Many kits available at the Special Projects table at each monthly BBQ General Meeting. ***
Please stop and visit with Carol Bearce and Kay Waggoner at the table if you have questions ***
Thank you all so much for your generous contributions last year. Because of your hard work between July 2020 and June 2021, we were able to donate the following items::
- Port-a-Cath Pillows – 85
- Cases for Smiles – 137
- Chemo Caps – 164
- Pretty Pockets – 145
- Christmas Stockings – 148
Port-a-Cath Pillows – helps cancer patients when traveling in a vehicle.
You know how irritating it can be when the seatbelt rubs against your neck and chest? Imagine what it is like with a surgically inserted port in the chest for the infusion of medicine for cancer patients? This little pillow attaches to the seat belt of the car to protect that area. It is a simple sewing task with great results. It can be moved to the driver’s side or passenger’s side with little effort.
Please do NOT over-stuff the pillows; this makes them uncomfortable to use.
For the construction of the pillow, use any quality cotton, flannel, or Minky. Often a pretty patterned cotton is used on one side and Minky on the other side that will lay against the person’s chest. Click here for complete instructions on how to make this quick project. BBQ Port-a-Cath Pillow Instructions
Cases for Smiles (ConKerr Cancer) is an organization developed to brighten the life of a child while at one of our local hospitals, St. Luke’s or St. Al’s. Guild members make and wash pillowcases made from kid friendly fabrics. Please do NOT use fabric softener.
To learn more about the organization, visit their website www.conkerrcancer.org.
Click ConKerr Cancer Pillowcase Pattern to download the pattern to make a pillowcase and bring to the next guild meeting.
Pretty Pockets were designed for mastectomy patients to hold the drain tubes so the tubes won’t pull on their incisions. They are made from flannel. To learn more about this organization, visit their website www.creativeblossoms.com.
Click Pretty Pockets Pattern to download the pattern.
Chemo Caps are made using fleece or an all-cotton knit and are delivered to St Luke’s Hospital System. All sizes of caps, from toddler to adult are available in the pattern.
Click Chemo Caps Pattern to download the pattern.
We invite you to Google “chemo cap sewing pattern” where you will see many free patterns and styles of scarves and hats made with cotton fabric. McCalls 6521 and Kwik Sew K3481 are patterns specifically for cancer patient needs.
Knit and crochet hats are also welcome, especially adult size. www.ravelry.com. has 623 free patterns for chemo caps made of yarn.
After learning about the Blue Star Mothers organization from Szabina Revelle, the President of the local chapter, the guild decided we would support their efforts to send care packages to deployed servicemen and women. If you wish to learn more about this local organization, here is their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/TVBSMA.ID3/
Please make the stockings using the pattern at the end of this paragraph and bring to the Special Projects table at any BBQ General Meeting.
Please find the pattern for the stockings here.
The stockings are sent to deployed servicemen and women; some are given to veterans at the VA hospital in Boise, and those in retirement homes in Mountain Home.